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Six spring sports highlights

Panthers’ state trophy, WeGo turnaround on list

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:58 p.m. CDT
(Shaw Media file photo)
Alex Caliva (left) and Lauren Gramann celebrate Glenbard North's 6-0 win against Lincoln-Way East in the state third place game on June 14. It was the Panthers' first state trophy since 2001.
(Shaw Media file photo)
Glenbard North's Simone Carr competes in the preliminaries of the 400-meter dash at the Class 3A state meet in May. Carr went on to capture a state medal in the event with a fifth-place finish.

The spring sports season has concluded and now is the perfect time to take one more look at the best moments from the spring sports season for Glenbard North and West Chicago.

1. Softball state trophy

With a veteran group back in the fold, big things were expected from Glenbard North's softball team this spring and the Panthers didn't disappoint. Coming off back-to-back heartbreaking losses in the sectional final, the squad pushed past that point with a 6-5 come-from-behind win against Conant and then advanced downstate with a 4-0 win against Oak Park in a Class 4A supersectional.

Glenbard North lost to eventual state champion Warren before bouncing back to post a victory against Lincoln-Way East for a third-place trophy.

“Our senior class has tried to get to this goal for four years and each year we were just a little bit short," Sydney Benz said. "It's great that our team was able to get over the hump that we had at sectionals and then carry it longer."

2. Panthers badminton takes sectional

Glenbard North's badminton team captured a sectional title and sent two singles players and a pair of doubles teams to the state meet. Once there, the duo of Sami Ege and Jhovie Valmonte won a pair of matches while Jen Kraco, Trisha Cordero and the grouping of Kathy Perkins and Sam Yocum also competed.

3. Soccer's strong season

The 2014 season was a banner one for North's girls soccer team, which notched 14 victories on the spring, including a win over defending state champion Naperville North. In addition to winning a playoff game and advancing to the regional final, the Panthers also finished second in the DuPage Valley Conference.

4. Carr captures track medal

A veteran at the IHSA girls state track meet, Simone Carr wrapped up her standout career at Glenbard North by bringing home an all-state medal. The senior finished fifth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 56.96. Carr also teamed with Jaqui Howard, Katy Murphy and Keina Suggs to compete in the prelims of the 4x100 relay while Allison Wahrman advanced downstate in the long jump, high jump and triple jump.

5. West Chicago baseball bounces back

What a turnaround it was this season for the West Chicago baseball team, which more than quadrupled its win total from a year ago with 18 victories. No doubt the highlight of the spring came late in the year when the Wildcats rattled off three straight wins to capture the Class 4A Lake Park regional title, capped off by a 7-4 decision against the host Lancers.

6. State track yields all-state finishes

The duo of Matt Ruff and Ty Seager gave Wheaton Academy a strong presence at the state track meet. Ruff closed out his high school career by finishing seventh in the 400-meter dash while Seager was seventh in the 200 and eighth in the 100 in his first season of track. West Chicago's Nate Wesolek also notched all-state status, finishing ninth in the Class 3A pole vault.

"It was my first time making the finals, and that was one of my goals," Ruff said. "I'm thrilled. To be on the podium and get a medal, that's what I've always wanted to do since freshman year."

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